Nine ASE Foundation volunteers recently returned from a successful 3-day training event in Havana, Cuba. Held April 6-8, the educational training event took place at the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital, the premier hospital in Havana. More than 300 cardiologists from throughout Cuba participated, all of whom perform echocardiography as part of their practice. Cuban officials estimated we reached 91% of the echocardiographers in that country. The physicians located outside of Havana received support from the Cuban government for hotel accommodations as well as transportation to and from Havana to attend this event.
All talks, including those from our ASEF representatives, were presented in Spanish, and included advanced topics such as strain imaging/speckle tracking, cardio-oncology, congenital heart disease, the use of echocardiography in intervention, and advances in echocardiography. The talks were recorded for future dissemination throughout Spanish-speaking countries. A favorite giveaway at the event was USB drives loaded with ASE guideline documents, including Spanish translations, placing important ASE reference materials in the hands of each participant. This guideline dissemination is a key feature of ASEF’s missions, fostering standardized patient care throughout the global medical community. Working alongside the Cuban Society of Cardiology and the InterAmerican Association of Echocardiography resulted in a unique and historic collaboration. Read more here.